Category Archives: British History

A Garden Party I would like to have attended… Cliveden 18th July 1928. #OTD from the Nancy Astor Archive

by Rachel Newton, UROP student This summer, I have a research internship working with Dr Jacqui Turner on a University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) within the History Department and in collaboration with Special Collections here at the University of Reading.  … Continue reading

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Tweeting from the Grave: Sickness and Survival in the 17th Century

by Dr Hannah Newton [i] My favourite thing about being a historian is reading other people’s diaries. I began to realise this at the tender age of eight, when our teacher asked us to write a series of diary entries … Continue reading

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Reading Welcomes the Summer (in the manner of c. 1218!)

by Prof Anne Lawrence The manuscript in this image (below), now British Library Ms. Harley 978, was once owned by Reading Abbey, and contains an eclectic mixture of texts, including the poems of a twelfth-century author and performer now known … Continue reading

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Votes for Women: What are we celebrating?

by Melanie Khuddro This week marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act receiving Royal Assent; the week when women were first legally recognised to have voting rights in the UK. Countless flags, banners and badges adorned in … Continue reading

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25th December 1914: Christmas Day on board HMS Talbot

by Dr Ruth Salter [1] I know that it’s not 25th of December today, but what could be more fitting for the final blog post of the series, and for the final entry taken from my great-grandfather, Arthur John Pidgeon’s … Continue reading

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